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Tips for using the GROW model

Thursday 17th May 2018

The GROW Model is a simple and effective tool that we always recommend people who are new coaching to use. GROW is a model to use during a coaching conversation to give your conversation a structure and flow. Below are some questions you can use for the GROW Model. G - GOAL What are you…

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Supporting your Coaching Journey with StrengthsFinder

Sunday 6th May 2018

Self-awareness is 'the conscious knowledge of one's own character and feelings'; it is one of the fundamental elements of emotional intelligence and sets apart the mature from the naïve and enables us to engage in true learning and self-development. After all, if you don't know where you are now, how do you know where you want to get to and how you will get there? Self-awareness is the basic starting block for self-improvement. Coaching in itself is a great way to increase self-awareness. A good coach will act as a mirror reflecting back to you the parts of yourself that you don't want to see. A good coach will not…

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The Cost of Bad Hiring and how to do it Right

Thursday 15th March 2018
Nathalie Spree

You're under pressure, the vacancy in the sales team that has been open for several weeks has not yet been filled, you haven't found a candidate that you've been 100% happy with and the team is starting to complain. How bad could it be to just get someone in, for now, to fill the position, keep management happy, and get another sales person out there in the field? Surely you could get them up to speed quickly, and surely having anybody there is better than nobody? Think again! When you take into consideration recruitment, training, visa and medical costs, the cost of a bad hire can be up to 50% of their annual salary, and considerably more if you…

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StrengthsFinder Success!

Wednesday 21st February 2018

StrengthsFinder is a brilliant tool with proven results in improving employee engagement; reducing staff turnover; making employees more productive and improving relationships amongst colleagues. Companies that have adopted a Strengths philosophy include Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook, Philips, Intel and Rackspace. Being Strengths focussed means that as an organisation you focus on, celebrate and develop…

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Picking the right coach for you

Wednesday 24th January 2018

About 18 months ago, I decided I wouldn't pursue a coaching qualification because in my words 'Dubai has enough coaches!' It is…

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Why get coaching for your managers?

Thursday 11th January 2018

Sometimes when you are so entrenched in your industry you forget that others outside the industry won't necessarily understand what exactly you do or how it is of value! One of my pet peeves when I worked in marketing was websites and company brochures that left you wondering what the business was! Since working in training, I have always striven to make our services and value as simple and easy to understand as possible. However, I understand that we might not always achieve that goal. Coaching in particular is one area that people often struggle to understand the…

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If you want to know someone, look at their bookshelf or kindle app!

Thursday 4th January 2018

I try to read at least one book a month. Usually they are books that are related to work, books from thought leaders that can help me do better as a trainer and coach. As we move into 2018 I wanted to reflect on the books I read last year, the key messages of those books and my thoughts on them. My reading this year includes a lot more on health and diet than it normally would,…

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Sunday 5th November 2017

Did you know that 768.1 million water bottles were consumed in 2015 in the UAE*? The UAE has one of the highest consumption rates of bottled water in the world. 80% of those bottles are not recycled. That means they end up in landfills or the ocean. Our planet is suffering the consequences of our plastic obsession, with fish, birds and land mammals ingesting plastic and as a result are unable to properly digest food. This issue was highlighted earlier this year when a…

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Blade Runner: Movie scene shifts and attention span

Tuesday 31st October 2017

This week in preparation for the Blade Runner: 2049 film, I went back to 1982 and watched the original Harrison Ford version. The film is definitely worth a watch before you check out the Ryan Gosling remake. The original Blade Runner is set in a futuristic 2019 where we have mastered androids that are practically indistinguishable from humans. It wasn't the impressive…

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